Drugs and money

About 36 grams of a substance believed to be fentanyl and a large amount of cash were seized in two separate arrests Wednesday in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation by Great Barrington Police.

GREAT BARRINGTON — A town man and two New York residents are facing drug charges after a narcotics investigation.

Aaron Strampach, 34, of Great Barrington, and Joshua Brendline, 34, and Sherri Simmons, 29, both of Copake, N.Y., were arrested after separate traffic stops, according to a statement released Friday by Great Barrington Police.

In addition to the two traffic stops, officers executed a search warrant on a local hotel room and Strambach’s vehicle. A large amount of cash and a substance believed to be mostly fentanyl were seized, the statement said. Field analysis suggests it is trafficking weight.

All three were booked and released on their personal recognizance.

Strampach was charged with distribution of a Class A drug and trafficking a controlled substance of more than 36 grams. Brendline and Simmons were charged with possession of a Class A substance. They will be arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court next week.

The Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance.

“I congratulate the officers in their great investigative work. We are happy to get these drugs off of our streets,” Chief Paul Storti said in prepared remarks.

The chief reminded residents that resources are available for those struggling with addiction. Anyone in need of help is encouraged to reach out to the Great Barrington Police, where they will be connected specialized service providers.